Dear Friends and Colleagues:
As we near the end of the 2002–2003 academic year, our nation is at war,
occasioning controversy at home and abroad. It should come as no surprise
that the Seminary campus is embroiled in that discussion that generates
both heat and light.
sermons have focused on the conflict, teach-ins have been held on “just
war” theory and its implications for the present situation, prayer vigils
have been held, and forums for debate have been arranged. Typically, the
varied views and perspectives pretty much reflect those of our society at
Perhaps what is unique to this and
other theological schools is the conscious effort on all sides to discern
the best public policy in the light of our shared faith in Jesus Christ
and the God we know and trust through him. That touches us all at the
deepest and most sensitive nerve in our lives. Thus, emotions run high and
occasionally tempers flare.
It is encouraging
to note, however, that the members of the campus community have
demonstrated considerable maturity and exercised evident goodwill in their
efforts to come to terms with an issue of national, international, and
theological impact. Nonetheless, those who think of seminaries as ivory
towers far removed from the real world reveal the fact that they have
never attended one.
Princeton Seminary, once
again and still, stands in the Reformed theological tradition, which
mandates that faith engages, both intellectually and practically, the
world that God loves and for which Christ died.
Thomas W. Gillespie